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2009-03-25 / Obituaries


The Blount Countian generally does not publish obituaries unless the deceased have direct connections to this county. If your relative's obit did not appear in the paper, that is probably the reason.

GLENDA SUE BULLARD, 62, died March 18, 2009, at her residence in Oneona. A native of Ohatchee, she was the daughter of the late William and Annie Ruth Johnson Moore. She was a retired senior defense contract specialist with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Surviving are daughter Lovanne Ferry (Scott) Kon of Cleveland; sons William "Bill" Charles (Amber) Ferry of Susan Moore, Herbert Cage (Amy) Bullard II and Heath Clayton (Melanie) Bullard, both of Dallas, Ga.; grandchildren Glenda Katlyn Kon and Frank Ace Kon, Anna Lynn Ferry, Hunter Cristine Bullard, Herbert Cage Bullard III, Hannah Cheyenne Bullard, and Heath Clayton Bullard II.

A memorial dinner was held March 22 at 3 p.m. at Green's Chapel Church fellowship hall. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

JULIA LILLIAN GIBBS, 90, of Oneonta, died March 22, 2009, at St. Vincent's East. The retired beautician was a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and a former member of garden clubs in Oneonta and Blountsville. A Blount native, she was predeceased by parents John Wesley and Mary Almedia Harvey Nolen; husband John Ralph Gibbs; brothers Robert, J.D., and Bill Nolen; sisters Jewel Brown, Mary Lou Frank, and Audrey Yates.

Surviving are daughters Carolyn (Verlon) Wilson of Pinson, Margaret (Harold) Morris of Huntsville, and Lynda (Freddie) Leath of Ft. Payne; son John (Frances) Gibbs of Oneonta; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

Ronald Gonia and Bert Goodwin officiated services March 24 at 3 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

ANN EVANS LAIRD, 74, died March 17, 2009, at her Birmingham residence. A native of Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Nora Box Evans. She was a retired salesperson with J.C. Penney's. Predeceasing her besides her parents were sisters Lorene Cowan and Willie Mae Cox.

Surviving are daughters Sheila (Ed) Eiland of Irondale and Phylllis Leonard of Adamsville; grandchildren Vanessa Flowers, Lisa (Benjy) Reaves, and Chris (Andrea) Leonard; great-grandchildren Jamie Reaves, Heather Reaves, Kayla Leonard, and Seth Leonard.

Norman Putman officiated graveside services Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ebell Cemetery with Valley Chapel Funeral Home directing.

RALPH CECIL McCAY, 87, of Trafford, died March 16, 2009, at St. Vincent's East. An Alabama native, he had worked as a forklift mechanic and was a member of Center Springs Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were his wife Omogine Washburn McCay; parents Pete and Ora Talley McCay; brothers John McCay, Roscoe McCay, and Junior McCay; infant brother Curtis Leon.

Surviving are daughters Gwenda (Lanny) Holt and Regina (Ralph) Young, both of Locust Fork; grandchildren Melissa Young of Nashville, Tenn., Jessica Holt and Nathan Young of Locust Fork; brothers Walt (Annette) McCay of Oneonta, Nelson (Olien) McCay of Locust Fork, and Benny (Charlet) McCay of Dallas/Selfville; sister Helen Franklin of Locust Fork; sisters-in-law Virgie Vinson of Anniston and Louise Tate of Remlap.

W.C. Green officiated services March 19 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed in Old Philadelphia Cemetery.

LILLIE WALKER MITCHELL, 92, of Greenville, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at L.V. Stabler Hospital in Greenville. Predeceasing her were husbands J.N. Walker and Otis Mitchell; brothers Cecil Reeves and Gene Reeves; sisters Lucille Wadsworth and Velma Hyde; daughter Edith Crews; and grandson Clint Walker.

Surviving are daughters Lois Moseley of Montgomery and Judy Harvell of Fort Deposit; son James G. Walker of Haleyville; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Faye Dumas, Ilene Cochran, and Pauline Smith, all of Oneonta, Barbara Phillips of Sylacauga, Pearly Brown of Jacksonville, and Vernell Godsey of Missouri; brother Willard Reeves of Birmingham; sisters-in-law Imogene Cornelius of Moody, and Louise Reeves of Destin, Fla.

Willard Reeves and Raymond Bowman officiated services Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at Antioch Methodist Church, Oneonta. Burial was at the adjoining cemetery, Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Brian Dungan, Dean Dungan, Justin Dungan, Adam McCormick, Jonathan McCormick, and Ethan Dungan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. LINDA GAIL WHITTINGTON MORTON, 58, of Altoona, died March 17, 2009, at St. Vincent's Blount. Born in Blount County, she was a retired cook with Attalla Health Care. Predeceasing her were husband Lee Norris; grandson Jonathan Norris; parents Andrew Taylor "Whitt" and Nellie Inez Henderson Whittington; brothers Randy Whittington and James Orbin; sister-in-law Pat Whittington; and brothers-in-law Bill Moore and Vernon Wilkerson.

Surviving are husband Mack Morton; sons Thomas (Robyn) Norris of Freemont, Mich., and Russell (Devon) Morton of Altoona; daughter Brada (Tim) Graul of Altoona; grandchildren Paige Norris, Samantha Norris, Matthew Norris, Jacob Graul, and Justen Graul; brothers Johnny (Kathy) Whittington, Joe Whittington, Rick (Karen) Whittington, and Jack (Connie) Whittington; sisters Peggy (Ricky) Redden, Betty Wilkerson, and Mary "Sis" Moore; sister-in-law Carol Whittington.

Ronnie Waldrop officiated services Friday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Methodist Church. Interment ws at Antioch Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Neal Whittington, Anthony Whittington, Ralph Edison Salter III, Michael Morton, Eric Vick, and Anthony Perez. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Graul, Justen Graul, and Matthew Norris.

ANDREW JACKSON "AJ" RIDDLE, 87, of Oneonta, died March 16, 2009, at St. Vincent's East. An Alabama native, he had worked as a carpenter and was a member of Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were his parents Andrew Jackson Riddle Sr. and Katie Moore Riddle; sisters Ruby Jewel Riddle and Willene Riddle; and brother Arvel Riddle.

Surviving are his wife Maxine Riddle; son Billy (Linda) Riddle of Oneonta; daughters Shirley (Jerry) Griffin of Oneonta and Linda (Chris) Hodgkins of New Mexico; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Dessie Mae, Irene, Lorene, Maudine, Maxine, Carlene, and Betty Jean; brother James Henry Riddle.

Sammy Blakely, Jason Griffin, and Wayne Allcorn officiated services March 19 at 11 a.m. at Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Jeff Griffin, Joe Griffin, Jason Griffin, Mark Riddle, Jarrod Murphree, and Brian Tipton. Honorary pallbearers were Adam Tidwell, Chad Tidwell, Joey Griffin, Jonathon Griffin, Tiffany Tidwell, Michelle Dixon, and Amber Riddle.

DONALD WAYNE ROBINSON, 70, of Altoona, died March 22, 2009, at St. Vincent's Blount. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Dolby E. and Christine Murray Robinson. He was retired from the U.S. Army and had worked as a police officer for departments in Altoona/Walnut Grove, Oneonta, and Guntersville.

Surviving are his wife Mary Elizabeth King Robinson; son Don W. (Christi) Robinson Jr. of Gallant; daughters Lisa Holcomb of Albertville and Robin (Rayford) Williams of Asbury; stepson Roger West of Albertville; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

Glen Weston and Bobby Waddle were to officiate services Wednesday, March 25, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with visitation that morning from 8 a.m. till funeral time. Interment will be in Blount Memorial Gardens mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

MALCOLM ROBERT STACY, 93, of Hayden (Nectar community), died March 21, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. He had been married for 68 years to Bertha Logan Stacy, who survives him. Originally from Columbus, Miss., he moved to Nectar in 1988 after his retirement as a machinist with United Technologies Inc. in Columbus. A lover of fishing and eating fried oysters, he was predeceased by parents Albert and Amanda Dowdle Stacy; daughter Paula Smith; grandson James Michael Blackwood; and sister Clytee Fowler.

Surviving besides his wife are daughter Dewana (Ben) Blackwood of Nectar; brothers James A. (Betty) Stacy of Millport and George (Joann) Stacy of Trussville; son-inlaw William Smith of Huntsville; granddaughter Misty Sodam of Huntsville; three great-grandchildren.

Shannon O'Neal and Gary Freeman officiated services March 24 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Nectar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy Stacy, Scott Stacy, Larry Fowler, Chuck Adams, Jerome Logan, and Gerald Logan. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Henley, Joseph Sherbert, Elbert Bowen, Eldridge Marsh, Sonny Wynn, Jamey Sherbert, and Terry Sherbert.

GAYLIA BERNICE "BECE" STONE, 71, of Blountsville, died March 20, 2009, at Huntsville Hospital. Widow of Everett Hugh Stone Sr., she had worked 20 years as cook at Frosty Freeze in Blountsville. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Blountsville. Predeceasing her besides her husband were parents Grover and Doris Odell Gober Sterling.

Surviving are son Stoney Stone of Huntsville; daughters Jackie Dunn and Patty (Ricky) Alexander, both of Blountsville; grandchildren Chasity Stephens, Holly Dunn, Matthew Stone, and Dusty Alexander; great-grandchildren Cameron Stone, Felicity Stone, Ryland Baugh, and Russell Stephens; brother C.C. (Wanda) Sterling Jr. of Blountsville; sister Janice Dover of Blountsville.

Waylon Thrasher and Jerry Hackney officiated services March 23 at 3 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tim Newman, James Newman, Charles Ray Stone, Ricky Alexander, P.J. Sterling, Randy Stephens, Greg Vincent, and Donnie Ellenburg.

LULA MAE McCAY TERRY, 74, of Pell City, died March 19, 2009, at Golden Living Center. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Rena Tidwell McCay. She had been employed at Conner Steel and was a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church. An Alabama fan, she enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, and knitting.

Surviving are sons James Ronald (Faye) Terry and Donald (Helen) Terry of Riverside; daughters Sandra Smith of Pinson and Michele Duvall of Birmingham; grandchildren Ray Thrift, Robin (Bob) Hoglan, Troy Smith, Jason (fiancee Jennifer) Terry, Chris (Sherry) Terry, Jennifer (fiance J.T. Dunaway) Terry, Shane Fulton, Steven Duvall, and John Michael Duvall; great-grandchildren Grace, Caitlyn, Christopher, Emily, and Alisa Terry, Annalee Hoglan, and Brooklyn Fulton.

Gary Reid officiated graveside services March 21 at 1:30 at Tabernacle Cemetery with Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Chris Terry, Ray Thrift, Troy Smith, Jason Terry, Shane Fulton, and J.T. Dunaway.

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